CUC Newsletter – February 26, 2021

You shall have no other gods before me.

Deuteronomy 5:7


Sunday, February 28, 2021

We are pleased to have Jeff Ross giving the CUC lesson this Sunday. His topic will be Faith Fatigue: what we might learn from Aaron’s Golden Calf and why Moses got so upset. Jeff is using the Scripture Exodus 32:1-6, 19-24


CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 46th Sunday we have met on Zoom.

CUC attendance February 21st

Zoom: 78
Class: 11
Total: 89

This Sunday we will continue to have class both in the classroom and on zoom.

If the meeting doesn’t start for you by 9:30 am on Sundays, PLEASE check your emails for a new (alternate) link to the Sunday School meeting.


Online Attendance Register for SS Classes

Be sure that you register your attendance – either Zooming or on-site participation online using your personal cell phone or tablet. Class members will initially go online to:

www.rumc.com/connect-card to register within Ministry Platform. After that, each time you sign-on you will just need to select the event that you are attending to register. When you choose the time that your class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.


CUC Retreat for Fall of 2021?

Please remember to email, call or text Gene Osborn with your Fall Retreat wishes before February 28, and whether or not you would attend, so plans can be made . Plans will continue if we have at least the equivalent of 20 couples or 40 singles.


A Message from the CUC President

Frustration—How do you handle it!
by Ed McMinn

“(Moses) anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain.” (Exodus 32:19)

The traffic light catches you when you’re running late for your doctor’s appointment. The bureaucrat gives you red tape when you want assistance. Your grandchild refuses to take his/her homework seriously. Makes your blood boil, doesn’t it!

Frustration is part of God’s testing ground that is life even if much of what frustrates us today results from manmade organizations, bureaucracies, computers, and cell phones. What’s important is not that we encounter frustration, as Moses did – that’s a given – but how you handle it. Do you respond with curses, screams, and anger? Or do you take a deep breath, lift a silent prayer, and settle into calm persistence and patience?

It may be difficult to imagine Jesus stuck in traffic or waiting for hours in a long line in a government office. It is not difficult, however, to imagine how he would act in such situations, and, thus, to know exactly how you should respond. No matter how frustrated you are. Frustration is a vexing part of life, but God expects us to handle it gracefully.

I hope you are having a good week. As more of you get your second COVID vaccine, I hope you will consider returning to CUC in person. We miss you.

God Bless,
Fred Brown


My Neighbors Pantry

Will you help us? It doesn’t take much. $20 provides groceries for a family who needs help. $50 provides a chicken dinner – complete with a rotisserie chicken, brussels sprouts, mac n’ cheese and six corn muffins – for FOUR families. To make a $$ donation to My Neighbor’s Pantry https://rumc.onlinegiving.org/donate/guest_donate

We still need black beans, feminine hygiene products and especially laundry detergent! You can drop these items off on Mondays 12-2:00 PM. Just drive to the back of the B Building at RUMC, honk your horn, and a masked volunteer will get them from your car.

CUC still has funds in its treasury to reimburse class members for their purchases for items for the My Neighbors Pantry program. They can mail or email Charlie Mason a copy of their receipts and he will reimburse them for their purchases.


RUMC Weekly “To Go” Menu

From Jacob Crane:

We just finished up a record week here in the RUMC kitchen! We started out the week by Serving 235 hot Chicken Parmesan Meals on Tuesday! We finished the week having Served 480 Hot Meals and another 150 Frozen Meals! Our family style meals are catching on; we had about 7 or 8 requests this week for the family meal deal. Thanks again to you all for your help in Serving our community. Please continue to pass info along to anyone who could benefit from this ministry. I hear new stories everyday of how customers are buying meals for friends and neighbors in need. It is so nice to know that we are able to touch so many lives in such a simple way, and many people are being introduced to how RUMC can positively affect the lives of so many in the Roswell community!

Meals continue every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM. You can pick up meals at our drive-through outside of Fellowship Hall. All meals are just $5.00. You can register online to purchase both hot and frozen meals with your credit card. Online orders are closed on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 10:00 am – 3:00 pm., but open at all other times. You should receive an email confirmation if your order has been successfully submitted. ( You need to click both the left side of the item you would like to purchase as well as the right side for the quantity.) Drive up orders are also welcome with no pre-registration and you can pay by cash or check. Please contact Jacob via email if you have any issues with ordering, questions about menu items, or if you would like to reserve a certain frozen meal to pay by cash or check at pick up.

Week of February March 2nd, 3rd, and 4th

  • Tuesday: Braised Jerk Pork, Jamaican Rice and Peas, Sweet Plantains, Yeast Roll, Not Spicy
  • Wednesday: Shepherd’s Pie, Peas and Carrots, Yeast Roll
  • Thursday: Chicken and Broccoli Fettuccini Alfredo, Roasted Green Beans, Garlic Bread

Our Current Selection of Frozen Meals:
Frozen Meals $5

  1. Mac and Cheese
  2. Grilled Ham w/ Sour Cream and Chive Potatoes
  3. Bell Pepper Steak and Gravy w/ Herbed Rice Pilaf
  4. Roasted Vegetable Medley

Soups $4 (3 for $10)

  1. Cajun Jambalaya Soup
  2. Thai Almond Chicken and Rice Soup Prayer requests

  • Margie Avery – undergoing radiation treatment and chemo
  • Pat Deaton ‘s daughter Lara Mittleholzer on the loss of her mother this past Wednesday
  • Jeannie Ehlers as she recovers from what hopefully will be her last Chemo this past Wednesday
  • Don Macleod – recovering from surgery
  • Shirley May suffering from severe back pain
  • Betty Smith – recovering from a stroke
  • Wanda Taylor – recovering from rotator cuff surgery
  • Dave Wistrand for a continued good recovery from major heart surgery
  • Vince Grosse’s sister Deidre Morrison as she is currently having a new type of chemotherapy At Northside Gwinnett with less of the debilitating side effects she had had earlier.
  • The Grosse’s friend Susan Ouzts has finished chemo and is having radiation therapy at the Mayo Clinic for pancreatic cancer which recent tests have shown that tumor was “cold dead”. They appreciate your continued prayers.
  • Hugh & Sue Gardner ask continued prayers for their neighbor Doug Reed– Although he is slightly improved, he remains in a coma on a ventilator in the ICU because of COVID-19.

Continuing Prayers

  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Sister Backus – with continuing back problems and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Betty and Don Gay – at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stan Thomason following his loss of Virginia. He appreciates phone calls

Please pray for needs expressed and unexpressed for CUC members, and for friends and relatives of CUC class members who are facing illnesses, loss of loved ones, and important decisions to be made, especially at this difficult time with the Corona virus! Special prayers for CUC members who have had severely limited outside contacts for these past few months due to Covid 19 risk. Prayers also for our nation and its people.


Birthdays

  • Jeannie Ehlers – February 28
  • Linda Boswell – March 4

Anniversaries

  • -=None=-

Support for Our Missions: Continue to save those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses! You can continue to contribute support to Murphy Harpst using Amazon Smile. Also register at Publix.com with M-H’s school as the one to receive a portion of your receipts at Publix.



CUC Newsletter – February 19, 2021

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12


Sunday, February 21, 2021

24 hours That Changed the World

Our own Don McNew will be our CUC speaker this Sunday. His lesson is
“24 Hour That Changed the World”. The scripture for the lesson is from Paul’s message to the Corinthians.

1 Corinthians 2:2 “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.“


CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 45th Sunday we have met on Zoom.

CUC attendance February 14th

Zoom: 76
Class: 6
Total: 82

This Sunday we will continue to have class both in the classroom and on Zoom.

If the meeting doesn’t start for you by 9:30 am on Sundays, PLEASE check your emails for a new (alternate) link to the Sunday School meeting.


Online Attendance Register for SS Classes

Be sure that you register your attendance – either Zooming or on-site participation online using your personal cell phone or tablet. Class members will initially go online to:

http://www.rumc.com/connect-card to register within Ministry Platform. After that, each time you sign-on you will just need to select the event that you are attending to register. When you choose the time that your class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.


CUC Retreat for Fall of 2021?
Please remember to email, call or text Gene Osborn with your Fall Retreat wishes before February 28, and whether or not you would attend, so plans can be made.


A Message from the CUC President

HOLLYWOOD ENDING
by Ed McMinn

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen!” Luke 24: vv.5, 6a

The world tells us that happy endings are for fairy tales and the movies, that reality is Cinderella dying in childbirth and her prince getting killed in a peasant uprising. But that’s just another of the world’s lies.

The truth, however, is that Jesus Christ has been producing happy endings for almost two millennia. That’s because in Jesus lies the power to change and to rescue a life no matter how desperate the situation. Jesus is the master at putting shattered lives back together, of healing broken hearts and broken relationships, of resurrecting lost dreams.

And as for living happily ever after—God really means it. The greatest Hollywood ending of them all was written on a Sunday morning centuries ago when Jesus left the tomb and death behind. With faith in Jesus, your life can have that same ending. You live with God in peace, joy, and love—forever. The End.

Hollywood’s happy endings are products of imagination; the happy endings Jesus produces are real and are yours for the asking.

I hope you braved the cold and attended Ash Wednesday services at RUMC. Lent began on Wednesday and ends Saturday, April 3. What have you given up for Lent this year?

See you on Sunday!

God bless,
Fred Brown


Murphy Harpst Thank You

A message came recently to the CUC Class from Pam Kramer, Director of Corporate and Community Engagement Advancement for Murphy-Harpst Children’s Center: She is addressing the donation of $300 from our class for the birthday party we host every February.

” This is wonderful news! Thank you so much for supporting our February birthday tradition again this year with the kind donation.”


My Neighbors Pantry

Help us make sure we have enough food for everyone! For just $20, you can provide two bags of groceries to a family who needs them. Fresh chicken, beef, produce, cheese, milk, tortillas and more. We need black beans, feminine hygiene products and laundry detergent! You can drop these items off on Mondays 12-2:00 PM. Just drive to the back of the B Building at RUMC, honk your horn, and a masked volunteer will get them from your car.

CUC still has funds in its treasury to reimburse class members for their purchases for items for the My Neighbors Pantry program. They can mail or email Charlie Mason a copy of their receipts and he will reimburse them for their purchases.


RUMC Weekly “To Go” Menu

Week of February 23rd, 24th, and 25th

  • Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan w/ Spaghetti Marinara, Cesar Salad, Garlic Bread
  • Wednesday: Grilled Ham w/ Scalloped Potatoes, Peas and Carrots, Buttered Biscuit
  • Thursday: Peppered Steak w/ Herbed Rice Pilaf, Roasted Vegetable Medley, Garlic Butter Rolls

  • Margie Avery – undergoing radiation treatment and chemo
  • Pat Deaton and her daughter Lara as Pat is on Home Hospice Care
  • Jeannie Ehlers as she has another round of Chemo this coming Wednesday
  • Don Macleod – recovering from further surgery
  • Shirley May suffering from severe back pain
  • Betty Smith – in rehab following a stroke
  • Wanda Taylor – recovering from rotator cuff surgery
  • Dave Wistrand who got home from the hospital Tuesday, for a good recovery from major heart surgery
  • Vince Grosse’s sister Deidre Morrison as she is currently having chemotherapy following successful colon cancer surgery and the Grosse’s friend Susan Ouzts as she has finished chemo and is having radiation therapy at the Mayo Clinic for pancreatic cancer.
  • Please pray for Craig Bruner, a very dear friend to Bill and Sandy Griffin, who is dying due to prostate cancer, and for his wife Marene. He has fought the good fight for many years, but it has now spread through his body
  • Hugh & Sue Gardner ask prayers for their neighbor Doug Reed – Although he is slightly improved, he remains in a coma on a ventilator in the ICU because of COVID-19.

Continuing Prayers

  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Sister Backus – with continuing back problems and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Betty and Don Gay – at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stan Thomason – following his loss of Virginia. He appreciates phone calls

Please pray for needs expressed and unexpressed for CUC members, and for friends and relatives of CUC class members who are facing illnesses, loss of loved ones, and important decisions to be made, especially at this difficult time with the Corona virus! Special prayers for CUC members who have had severely limited outside contacts for these past few months due to Covid 19 risk. Prayers also for our nation and its people.

Thanksgiving From Ann McNew: We appreciate your thoughtfulness and prayer support so much. Don’s sister, Rosa Lee, is now in rehab and is showing signs of slight improvement. Don and I spent quality time with her and her family (observing social distancing guidelines, of course!). Blessings on each of you, hope you and your families are doing well


Birthdays

  • Dee Scott – February 20
  • Babs Skilling – February 22
  • Judy Zierk – February 22
  • Cecelia Moore – February 22
  • Jane Bailey – February 25
  • Marlene MacLeod – February 27, 2021

Anniversaries

  • Linda and Tom Cantrell – February 27, 1965- Atlanta, GA, 56 years!
  • Stella and Wilford Boayue – February 27,1972- Ganta, Liberia, Africa, 49

Support for Our Missions: Continue to save those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses! You can continue to contribute support to Murphy Harpst using Amazon Smile. Also register at Publix.com with M-H’s school as the one to receive a portion of your receipts at Publix.



CUC Newsletter – February 12, 2021

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4


Sunday, February 14, 2021

Lori Walsh will deliver our message on Feb. 14th. Lori is our RUMC Church Business Administrator. Her message is titled “ A Journey of Giving Back”. Her bible verse for her lesson is 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.


CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 44th Sunday we have met on Zoom.

CUC attendance February 7

Zoom: 79
Class: 5
Total: 84

This Sunday we will continue to have class both in the classroom and on zoom.

If the meeting doesn’t start for you by 9:30 am on Sundays, PLEASE check your emails for a new (alternate) link to the Sunday School meeting.


Online Attendance Register for SS Classes

Be sure that you register your attendance – either Zooming or on-site participation online using your personal cell phone or tablet. Class members will initially go online to:

http://www.rumc.com/connect-card to register within Ministry Platform. After that, each time you sign-on you will just need to select the event that you are attending to register. When you choose the time that your class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.


CUC Retreat for Fall of 2021?

Please remember to email, call, or text Gene Osborn with your Fall Retreat wishes before February 28, and let him know whether or not you would attend, so plans can be made.


Ash Wednesday

This coming Wednesday, February 17, there will be a drive-in service from 10:30 AM to 12:30 and 4:00 to 6:00 PM. You may attend at any time during the two time slots offered: This experience will take place outdoors, just outside the front Chapel entrance near the front lawn on Mimosa Blvd.

Park outside the Chapel and walk up to one of the Lenten stations. A Pastor will be at each station to guide you through a time of prayer, sharing of Scripture, and the imposition of ashes. You will be invited to administer the ashes on yourself due to our current COVID protocols.


A Message from the CUC President

HOPE CHEST
by Ed McMinn

“Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God”, Psalm 42: v. 5b

Only when a life has no hope does it become not worth living. To hope is not merely to want something; that is desire or wishful thinking. Desire must be coupled with some degree of expectation to produce hope.Therein lies the great problem. We may wish for a million dollars, relief from our illness, world peace, or a way to lose weight while stuffing ourselves with jelly filled doughnuts. Our hopes, however, must be firmly grounded, or they will inevitably lead us to disappointment, shame, and disaster. In other words, false hopes ruin us.

One of the most basic issues of our lives, therefore, becomes discovering or locating that in which we can place our hope. Where can we find sure promises for a future that we can count on? Where can we place our hope with realistic exceptions that we can live securely even though some of the promises we rely on are yet to be delivered? In God. In God and God alone lies our hope.

God and his sustaining power are the course of the only meaningful hope possible in our lives.

“Never let hope elude you. That is life’s biggest fumble.”—College Football Hall-of-Fame coach Bob Zuppke, Coach of the Fighting Illini for 28 years.

Zuppke’s philosophical remarks were called Zuppkeisms. The best known Zuppkeisms, including the one above are: the greatest athlete is one who can carry a nimble brain to the place of action; moral courage is the result of respect from fellow men; a good back should keep his feet at all times and never lose his head; men do their best if they know they are being observed; alumni are loyal if a coach wins all his games; and advice to freshmen: don’t drink the liniment.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

God bless,
Fred Brown


My Neighbors Pantry

Help us make sure we have enough food for everyone! For just $20, you can provide two bags of groceries to a family who needs them. Fresh chicken, beef, produce, cheese, milk, tortillas and more . We need black beans, feminine hygiene products and laundry detergent! You can drop these items off on Mondays 12-2:00 PM. Just drive to the back of the B Building at RUMC, honk your horn, and a masked volunteer will get them from your car.

CUC still has funds in its treasury to reimburse class members for their purchases for items for the My Neighbors Pantry program. They can mail or email Charlie Mason a copy of their receipts and he will reimburse them for their purchases.


RUMC Weekly “To Go” Menu

Week of February 16th, 17th, and 18th

  • Tuesday: RUMC Country Captain Chicken w/ Raisin Almond Rice Pilaf, Sauteed Green Beans, Buttered Yeast Roll
  • Wednesday: Salisbury Steak w/ Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Roasted Garlic Butter Broccoli, Yeast Roll
  • Thursday: Chicken Parmesan w/ Spaghetti Marinara, Cesar Salad, Garlic Bread.

  • Margie Avery – undergoing radiation treatment and chemo
  • Pat Deaton and her daughter Lara as Pat has been placed on home Hospice Care
  • Jeannie Ehlers as she recovers from another round of chemo
  • John Lemke for success in rescheduling needed foot surgery which was canceled this past week
  • Don Macleod – recovering from further surgery
  • Shirley May suffering from severe back pain
  • Betty Smith – in rehab following a stroke
  • Wanda Taylor – recovering from rotator cuff surgery
  • Dave Wistrand for a good recovery from major heart surgery this past Wednesday
  • Vince Grosse’s sister Deidre Morrison as she is currently having chemotherapy following successful colon cancer surgery and the Grosse’s friend Susan Ouzts as she has finished chemo and is having radiation therapy at the Mayo Clinic for pancreatic cancer.
  • Please pray also for Craig Bruner, a very dear friend to Bill and Sandy Griffin, who is dying due to prostate cancer, and for his wife Marene. He has fought the good fight for many years, but it has now spread through his body.

Continuing Prayers

  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Sister Backus – with continuing back problems and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Betty and Don Gay– at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stan Thomason – following his loss of Virginia last week. Stan more than ever looks forward to calls from CUC members.

Please pray for needs expressed and unexpressed for CUC members, and for friends and relatives of CUC class members who are facing illnesses, loss of loved ones, and important decisions to be made, especially at this difficult time with the Corona virus! Special prayers for CUC members who have had severely limited outside contacts for these past few months due to Covid 19 risk. Prayers also for our nation and its people.


Birthdays

  • Mr. Patrick Cooney – February 15
  • Tom Erdman – February 19
  • Dee Scott – February 20

Anniversaries

  • -=None=-

Support for Our Missions: Continue to save those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses! You can continue to contribute support to Murphy Harpst using Amazon Smile. Also register at Publix.com with M-H’s school as the one to receive a portion of your receipts at Publix.



CUC Newsletter – February 7, 2021

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. Hebrews 4:16, NLT


Sunday, February 7, 2021

Reclaiming Intimacy with God through Prayer

Debbie Goodwin will be the CUC teacher on Feb 7. Her topic is: Reclaiming Intimacy with God through Prayer. The key verse for her lesson is Hebrews 4:16


CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 44th Sunday we have met on Zoom.

CUC attendance January 31

Zoom: 74 
Class:  10  
Total:  84 

This Sunday we will continue to have class both in the classroom and on zoom.

If the meeting doesn’t start for you by 9:30 am on Sundays, PLEASE check your emails for a new (alternate) link to the Sunday School meeting.


Online Attendance Register for SS Classes

Be sure that you register your attendance – either Zooming or on-site participation online using your personal cell phone or tablet. Class members will initially go online to: www.rumc.com/connect-card to register within Ministry Platform. After that, each time you sign-on you will just need to select the event that you are attending to register. When you choose the time that your class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.


A Message from the CUC President

GOD Sees Your Heart
by Joel Osteen

“…The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart,” 1 Samuel 16:7, NIV

In the Scripture, David was discounted by his family, and his job as a shepherd was considered insignificant. His family looked on the outside, bur David had a heart after God. He didn’t complain or get bitter; He didn’t slack off because nobody was watching or cared. He just kept being his best where he was. And one day the prophet Samuel showed up to anoint one of his farther’s son as the next king, it was David who was anointed over his brothers.

Just because people leave you out doesn’t mean God leaves you out. People may overlook you or judge you by your looks, your talent, or your skin color. God looks on the inside. He sees your faithfulness, your integrity.

The good news is that you keep honoring God. He’ll take you from the background to the foreground. People may try to push you down, bur God will lift you up. People don’t determine your destiny: God does.

First I want to thank Sandy Martin for filling in for me the past two Sundays. Thank you Sandy!!

Looking at the RUMC calendar for February, Feb 17 is Ash Wednesday. The worship service with communion will be served and ashes imposed from 10:30-12:30 in the upper parking lot. You will drive up to one of four tents, get out of your car and share individually or as a family under the tent.

Two weeks in the snow in CO was great (8 inches on the ground when we landed and another 12 inches fell during the next week), but it is good to be back. God bless, and look forward to seeing you Sunday!

Fred Brown


My Neighbors Pantry

Help us serve families in need in our community! A $50 donation can provide four families with a chicken dinner (rotisserie, mac n’ cheese, brussel sprouts, and corn muffins) on top of their regular groceries and household items. Remember us while you’re shopping! We serve 250-300 families each week and still need donations of several items. So far, we’re receiving less than half of what we need each week and when we run out, families go without. Items needed:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Feminine hygiene products (sanitary pads preferred)
  • Household cleaning products
  • black or pinto beans (dry preferred)
  • Flour
  • Vegetable Oil

You can drop-off items on Mondays 12:00-2:00 PM. Just drive-up to the Fellowship Hall double doors at RUMC, honk your horn, and a masked volunteer will retrieve them from your car.

CUC still has funds in its treasury to reimburse class members for their purchases for items for the My Neighbors Pantry program. You can mail or email Charlie Mason a copy of their receipts and he will reimburse them for their purchases.


Week of February 9th, 10th, and 11th

  • Tuesday: Beef Stroganoff over Buttered Egg Noodles, Roasted Carrots and Beets, Buttered Yeast Roll
  • Wednesday: Mediterranean Beef and Lamb Skillet with Herbed Couscous, Cucumber and Tomato Salad, Grilled Flat Bread
  • Thursday: Brown Sugar and Pecan Crusted Chicken Tenders, Mac and Cheese, Succotash, Honey Butter Biscuit

The RUMC Hospitality team will be back in the kitchen next week preparing convenient, delicious, affordable meals,
and we plan to continue these meals every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM.

You can pick up meals at our drive-through outside of Fellowship Hall. All meals are just $5.00. You can register online to purchase both hot and frozen meals with your credit card. Online orders are closed on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 10:00 am – 3:00 pm., but open at all other times. You should receive an email confirmation if your order has been successfully submitted. You need to click both the left side of the item you would like to purchase as well as the right side for the quantity. Drive up orders are also welcome with no pre-registration and you can pay by cash or check. Please contact Jacob via email if you have any issues with ordering, questions about menu items, or if you would like to reserve a certain frozen meal to pay by cash or check at pick up.

New: We also offer these meals as family style for $30.00 per family. Contact Jacob 24 hours in advance to make your meal family sized! Each family meal would come with enough of the main dish and sides for 6-8 family members, and will be served in disposable aluminum oven safe pans.


  • Lynn Adcock on her loss of Jim
  • Margie Avery – undergoing radiation treatment and chemo
  • Jeannie Ehlers as she recovers from another round of chemo
  • John Lemke as he has to have further foot surgery this coming week
  • Don Macleod – recovering from further surgery
  • Pat Phillips having radiation therapy
  • Betty Smith – in rehab following a stroke, at Salud, 601 Norholt Causeway, Suwanee 30024
  • Wanda Taylor – recovering from rotator cuff surgery
  • Dave Wistrand is scheduled for triple-bypass and mitral valve repair surgery on Wednesday, Feb 10 at St.Joe’s. Please pray for him this week, Friday, Feb 5th, as he goes for the pre-surgery testing.
  • Vince Grosse’s sister Deidre Morrison as she is currently having chemotherapy following successful colon cancer surgery and the Grosse’s friend Susan Ouzts as she has finished chemo and is having radiation therapy at the Mayo Clinic for pancreatic cancer.

Continuing Prayers

  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Sister Backus – with continuing back problems and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Malone Dodson – as he continues his recovery from stroke and dental work
  • Betty and Don Gay – at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Shirley May still recovering with post-shingles neuropathy
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stan Thomason – Virginia passed away last night. Stan more than ever looks forward to calls from CUC members.

Please pray for needs expressed and unexpressed for CUC members, and for friends and relatives of CUC class members who are facing illnesses, loss of loved ones, and important decisions to be made, especially at this difficult time with the Corona virus! Special prayers for CUC members who have had severely limited outside contacts for these past few months due to Covid 19 risk. Prayers also for our nation and its people.


Thank you

Thank you for all of the comforting prayers, cards, emails and phone calls after the passing of Jim. You are a great group of friends and I appreciate everything you do for me. You can view Jim’s full obituary on southerncremations.com. Thanks for all your support.

Love to all of you, Lynn Adcock


Birthdays

  • Sieg Hoogstraal – February 7
  • Bob Morisey – February 9

Anniversaries

  • -=None=-

Support for Our Missions: Continue to save those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses! You can continue to contribute support to Murphy Harpst using Amazon Smile. Also register at Publix.com with M-H’s school as the one to receive a portion of your receipts at Publix.



CUC Newsletter – January 31, 2021

Ephesians 2:8, 9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.”


Sunday, January 31, 2021

Paul’s gospel of Grace

We are fortunate to have our own Tom Knight as the CUC speaker on 1/31. Tom always presents a well-thought-out lesson. His topic is Paul’s Gospel of Grace. Scripture: Ephesians 2:8,9 “


CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 43nd Sunday we have met on Zoom.

CUC attendance January 24

Zoom: 81
Class: 13
Total: 94


Online Attendance Register for SS Classes

Be sure that you register your attendance – either Zooming or on-site participation online using your personal cell phone or tablet. Class members will initially go online to: www.rumc.com/connect-card to register within Ministry Platform. After that, each time you sign-on you will just need to select the event that you are attending to register. When you choose the time that your class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.


Murphy Harpst Birthday Party Plans

Pam Kramer, our contact at Murphy-Harpst Children’s Center, has written, “Christmas was very different on campus without our usual volunteers and families, but the children truly enjoyed the fellowship opening their gifts on Christmas morning together. Thank you for helping support a beautiful day.”

After being informed about CUC members’ reluctance to celebrate in person this year’s annual birthday party at Murphy-Harpst, Pam Kramer replied. “I agree, with the continued COVID challenges, the agency also wants to be proactive in keeping everyone safe, so we will remain closed to volunteers and visitors through April of this year.” “Love the idea, if the CUC would be amenable, to have the group send funds this year for gift cards and possibly a few individual cakes? I am happy to purchase needed items at our local Walmart and bring them to the campus. We have six February birthday honorees.”

Charlie Mason reports that $1000 is available in the class treasury for M-H. He suggests that two checks be written: $300 for the party on February 19 (gift cards, cakes, miscellaneous) and $700 to M-H itself. Those checks can be written at any time. A motion and vote to agree to this action can be on our agenda during the CUC meeting on Sunday, January 31.


A Note from the CUC Vice President

In the summer of 1859 Charles Blondin crossed Niagara Falls – 160 feet over the Falls between the US and Canada – on a tightrope several times. Once he crossed in a sack, once on stilts, another time on a bicycle, and once he carried a stove and cooked an omelet! On July 15, Blondin walked backward across the tightrope to Canada and returned pushing a wheelbarrow while blindfolded. He then asked for a volunteer from the crowds watching him in awe and amazement to get into the wheelbarrow and take a ride across the Falls with him! It is said that he asked his audience, “Do you believe I can carry a person across in this wheelbarrow?” and that the crowd shouted as one voice that yes, they believed! It was then that Blondin posed the question, “Who will get in the wheelbarrow?” No “believers” volunteered. The story of Charles Blondin paints a real life picture of what faith actually is. The crowd had watched his daring feats. They shouted that they believed, but their actions disproved it. Saying “I believe” is different than putting all of our trust in Him and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and living our lives accordingly. “This is the confidence that we have in our relationship with God: If we ask for anything in agreement with his will, he listens to us.” — 1 John 5:14 / ESV

QUOTE FOR THE DAY:

“While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.” George Washington

Sandy Martin


My Neighbors Pantry

Remember us while you’re shopping! We serve 250-300 families each week and still need donations of several items. So far, we’re receiving less than half of what we need each week and when we run out, families go without. Here’s what is needed:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Feminine hygiene products (pads more popular than tampons)
  • Household cleaning products
  • Black or pinto beans (dry preferred)
  • Flour
  • Vegetable oil.

You can drop-off items on Mondays 12:00-2:00 PM. Just drive-up to the Fellowship Hall double doors at RUMC, honk your horn, and a masked volunteer will retrieve them from your car.


RUMC Weekly “To Go” Menu

We just finished up with our busiest day and week of the year to date. This program is continually growing, and we are so thrilled to be able to Serve so many! Thank you all for all that you do to support this ministry; we are making a difference in so many lives. This week we Served 400 Hot Meals and 155 Frozen Meals; that is an average of 185 meals per day of Service! We would love to be able to communicate other important events or information about RUMC through our meals. Please let me know if you have any ideas for communications that we could add that could benefit other ministries here at RUMC. The meals continue Wednesday, and Thursday from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM. You can pick up meals at our drive-through outside of Fellowship Hall. All meals are just $5.00. You can register online to purchase both hot and frozen meals with your credit card.

Week of February 2nd, 3rd and 4th

  • Tuesday: Chicken and Smoked Sausage Jambalaya over Creole Rice Pilaf, Glazed Carrots, Hushpuppies
  • Wednesday: Chicken Pot Pie, Pickled Veggie Salad
  • Thursday: Chimichurri Pulled Pork w/ Coconut Rice, Black Beans, Grilled Flat

Frozen Meal options will change daily and are available while supplies last!


  • Lynn Adcock on Jim’s “passing to a better place” on this past Thursday
  • Margie Avery – undergoing radiation treatment. She appreciates all the cards and texts she has received.
  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Jeannie Ehlers as she recovers from surgery and starts another round of chemo
  • John Lemke as he has to have further foot surgery
  • Don Macleod – recovering from surgery
  • Pat Phillips beginning radiation therapy
  • Betty Smith – in rehab following a stroke, at Salud, 601 Norholt Causeway, Suwanee 30024
  • Vince Grosse’s sister Deidre Morrison as she is currently having chemo therapy following successful colon cancer surgery and the Grosse’s friend Susan Ouzts as she has finished chemo and is having radiation therapy at the Mayo Clinic for pancreatic cancer.

Continuing Prayers

  • Sister Backus – with continuing back problems and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Malone Dodson – as he continues his recovery from stroke and dental work
  • Betty and Don Gay – at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Shirley May still recovering with post-shingles neuropathy
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stan & Virginia Thomason – Virginia has been moved to a nursing home on palliative Hospice Care. Stan more than ever looks forward to calls from CUC members.

Please pray for needs expressed and unexpressed for CUC members, and for friends and relatives of CUC class members who are facing illnesses, loss of loved ones, and important decisions to be made, especially at this difficult time with the Corona virus! Special prayers for CUC members who have had severely limited outside contacts for these past few months due to Covid 19 risk. Prayers also for our nation and its people.


Birthdays

  • Lesleigh Coelho – January 31
  • Jim Lappe – February 2
  • Tom Cantrell – February 4
  • Don MacLeod – February 4
  • Gayle Crolius – February 6
  • Patricia Mashburn – February 6

Anniversaries

  • -=None=-

Stephen Ministry

If God is calling you to serve in a new way, you’re invited to apply to become a Stephen Minister. Following 50 hours of training in Christian Caregiving skills, Stephen Ministers are prepared to offer loving support to individuals in crises such as illness, death of a loved one, divorce, relocation or financial setback. Applications are currently being received for the Spring training class (to be held on weekday mornings). Please contact Toni Fagan for information.


Support for Our CUC Missions: Continue to save those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses! You can continue to contribute support to Murphy Harpst using Amazon Smile. Also register at Publix.com with M-H’s school as the one to receive a portion of your receipts at Publix.



CUC Newsletter – January 22, 2021

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it… Hebrews 12:11


Sunday, January 24, 2021

Did God Send the Pandemic?

One of CUC’s own – and favorite – speakers, Mark Goodwin, will give our lesson this Sunday: “Did God Send The Covid 19 Pandemic?” His scripture will be Luke 13:1-5


CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 42nd Sunday we have met on Zoom.

CUC attendance January 17

Zoom 92
In Class: 6
Total: 98

If the meeting doesn’t start for you by 9:30 am on Sundays, PLEASE check your emails for a new (alternate) link to the Sunday School meeting.


Online Attendance Register for SS Classes

Be sure that you register your attendance – either Zooming or on-site participation online using your personal cell phone or tablet. Class members will initially go online to: www.rumc.com/connect-card to register within Ministry Platform. After that, each time you sign-on you will just need to select the event that you are attending to register. When you choose the time that your class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.


2021 CUC Fall Retreat

The 2021 Fall Retreat Team (Bill & Dee Scott and Gene & Maureen Osborn) has been working to schedule our retreat. We were hoping to have a “Save the Date” notice by this time but the pandemic has not subsided to allow that. Please email Gene Osborn to let the team know your thoughts: Will you commit to attending a Fall 2021 retreat? We need a minimum of 50 positive responses (25 room guarantees) to obtain discounted rates and proceed with booking a suitable facility.


A Note from the CUC Vice President

When Fred Bauer was a kid growing up in Ohio, he made extra money picking strawberries for a man who had a small farm on the edge of town. He sold his produce from a little roadside stand. Because Fred was paid by the quart, he figured the faster he picked, the more he would make. But the farmer informed him that there was another requirement.

“Don’t just fill your boxes to the edge. Fill them till they run over and won’t hold any more,” he said. “I’ve always operated on the principle that if I charge a fair price and give my customers a little extra, they’ll come back again.” And they did.

What Fred learned was that we reap what we sow … in every facet of our lives. Give the minimum; expect to receive the minimum. Give lavishly, extravagantly, and be rewarded in kind. Not that that should be our motivation. But the law that says you can’t outgive the Lord is immutable. Jesus confirmed it when He preached, “Give and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back” (Luke 6:38, RSV). It applies to strawberries—and the fruits of the Spirit, as well.

Quote for Today: Martin Luther King: “Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.”

To all CUC’ers: Thank you for giving so lavishly of your time, talents, money and love to truly be the hands and heart of Jesus on earth.

Sandy Martin


My Neighbors Pantry

Remember us while you’re shopping ! We serve 250-300 families each week and still need donations of several items. So far, we’re receiving less than half of what we need each week and when we run out, families go without. Here’s what is needed: Laundry detergent, Feminine hygiene products (pads more popular than tampons),Household cleaning products, Black or pinto beans (dry preferred),Flour,Vegetable oil. You can drop-off items on Mondays 12:00-2:00 PM. Just drive-up to the Fellowship Hall double doors at RUMC, honk your horn, and a masked volunteer will retrieve them from your car.


RUMC Weekly “To Go” Menu

The RUMC Hospitality team will be back in the kitchen next week preparing convenient, delicious, affordable meals, and continue these meals every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM. You can pick up meals at our drive-through outside of Fellowship Hall. All meals are just $5.00. You can register online to purchase both hot and frozen meals with your credit card. Online orders are closed on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 10:00 am – 3:00 pm., but open at all other times. You should receive an email confirmation if your order has been successfully submitted. You need to click both the left side of the item you would like to purchase as well as the right side for the quantity. Drive up orders are also welcome with no pre-registration and you can pay by cash or check. Please contact Jacob via email if you have any issues with ordering, or questions about menu items

  • Tuesday: White Bean and Chicken Chili, Rice Pilaf, Southwest Cole Slaw, Green Chili and Cheddar Corn Bread
  • Wednesday: Shepherd’s Pie, Peas and Carrots, Yeast Roll
  • Thursday: Italian Meatball Lasagna, Cesar Salad, Garlic Bread

Frozen Meal options will change daily and are available while supplies last!


  • Jim Adcock – at Northside Hospital very ill with Covid and multiple complications
  • Margie Avery is undergoing Chemo and radiation treatment and is asking for your prayers.
  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Don Macleod – as he recovers from surgery
  • Betty Smith – following a stroke which caused loss of function of her right side. She prefers communications by text at this time.
  • Vince Grosse’s sister Deidre Morrison as she is currently having chemotherapy following successful colon cancer surgery and the Grosse’s friend Susan Ouzts as she has finished chemo and is having radiation therapy at the Mayo Clinic for pancreatic cancer.

Continuing Prayers

  • Sister Backus – with continuing back problems and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Malone Dodson – as he continues his recovery from stroke
  • Betty and Don Gay – at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Shirley May still recovering with post-shingles neuropathy
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stan & Virginia Thomason – Virginia has palliative Hospice Care. Stan looks forward to calls from CUC members.

Please pray for needs expressed and unexpressed for CUC members, and for friends and relatives of CUC class members who are facing illnesses, loss of loved ones, and important decisions to be made, especially at this difficult time with the Corona virus! Special prayers for CUC members who have had severely limited outside contacts for these past few months due to Covid 19 risk. Prayers also for our nation and its people.

Thank You From Patsy Lanham –Thanks to all of you for your prayers, cards, emails and meals following my knee replacement. You never realize how much these things mean until you are the one on the receiving end. I am doing well and trying to survive the physical therapy! Thank you again – our class is the absolute best!


Birthdays

  • Ann McNew – January 28

Anniversaries

  • -=None=-

New Bible Studies

Jeff Ross has started a weekly Bible study on reading the whole Bible in a year. He will have a weekly “Facebook Live” meeting instead of an in-person meeting. There will be a discussion board for people to talk with other people and with him.

From Jeff Ross:

Read through the Bible with me starting the 3rd week of January 2021. We will be using J. Ellsworth Kalas’s “The Grand Sweep”. I will host a weekly Facebook live group that will look at what we have read that week and consider the threads tying it to the weeks before and the weeks to come. To join go to “Jeff’s Grand Sweep” on Facebook and ask to join. Or, if you are not on Facebook or just have questions email me at jross@rumc.com

Arise: A Study of God’s Heart for Justice

Rev. Melissa Kime-Hall is leading this study to better understand what justice is to God and how it matters to us. Explore scripture, hear stories from those who have committed their lives to justice, and imagine ways we can respond to God by acting justly in our communities. Thursdays, 11-12:15 p.m., Jan. 21-Feb. 25 https://my.rumc.com/portal/event_detail.aspx?id=19517


Stephen Ministry

If God is calling you to serve in a new way, you’re invited to apply to become a Stephen Minister. Following 50 hours of training in Christian Caregiving skills, Stephen Ministers are prepared to offer loving support to individuals in crises such as illness, death of a loved one, divorce, relocation or financial setback.

Applications are currently being received for the Spring training class (to be held on weekday mornings). Please contact Toni Fagan for information.


Support for Our Missions: Continue to save those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses! You can continue to contribute support to Murphy Harpst using Amazon Smile. Also register at Publix.com with M-H’s school as the one to receive a portion of your receipts at Publix.



CUC Newsletter – January 17, 2021

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20 NIV

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Jesus Friend, the One We Don’t Talk About

One of CUC’s favorite speakers, Rusty Gordon, will be the CUC speaker this Sunday. His Lesson title is “Jesus friend, the one we don’t talk about!” his scriptures are

Matthew 27:3, Luke 6:12-16, and 2 Cor 5:16-2


CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 41st Sunday we have met on Zoom. Attendance January 10 was 83 on Zoom and 3 in class, Total = 86

This Sunday we will continue to have CUC class both in the classroom and on zoom.


Online Attendance Register for SS Classes

Be sure that you register your attendance – either Zooming or on-site participation online using your personal cell phone or tablet. Class members will initially go online to: www.rumc.com/connect-card to register within Ministry Platform. After that, each time you sign-on you will just need to select the event that you are attending to register. When you choose the time that your class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.


New CUC Members

We are delighted to welcome as our newest CUC members, Bill and Caren Floyd


A Note from CUC President

Thirsty for Righteousness
by Max Lucado

“IF ANYONE is thirsty, Jesus said “Let him come to me and drink” (John 7:37)

Admission of thirst doesn’t come easy for us. False fountains pacify our cravings with sugary swallows of pleasure. But there comes a time when pleasure doesn’t satisfy. There comes a dark hour in every life when the world caves in and we are left trapped in the rubble of reality, parched and dying.

Some would rather die than admit it. Others admit it and escape death. “God I need help.”

So the thirsty come. A ragged lot we are, bound together by broken dreams and collapsed promises. Fortunes that were never made. Families that were never built. Promises that were never kept….

And we are very thirsty. Not thirsty for fame, possessions, passion or romance. We’ve drunk from those pools. They are salt water in the desert. They don’t quench—they kill.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness….”

Righteousness. That’s it. That’s what we are thirsty for. We’re thirsty for a clean conscience. We crave a clean slate. We yearn for a fresh start. We pray for a hand which will enter the dark cavern of our world and do for us the one thing we can’t do for ourselves—make us right again.

As we enter 2021, let’s all pray that God will make us right again.

Look forward to seeing all of you Sunday,

Fred Brown


Thank You From Murphy Harpst

Thank you for supporting Murphy-Harpst this Christmas! Christmas 2020 was a year unlike no other. Your willingness to adapt to the constant challenges and changes of 2020 is the reason 140 kids at Murphy-Harpst had the best Christmas ever! We are so grateful that you found creative ways to help our children and staff safely celebrate. Whether you participated in a gift drive, a tree sale, a fundraiser, or a wrapping party, you made a difference in the life of a child on Christmas Morning!


New Bible Study

Jeff Ross is starting a bible study at the end of January called the Grand Sweep. It is study based on reading the whole bible in a year. He will have a weekly “Facebook Live” meeting instead of an in person meeting. There will be a discussion board for people to talk with other people and with him.

From Jeff Ross:

Read through the Bible with me starting the 3rd week of January 2021. We will be using J. Ellsworth Kalas’s “The Grand Sweep”. I will host a weekly Facebook live group that will look at what we have read that week and consider the threads tying it to the weeks before and the weeks to come. To join go to “Jeff’s Grand Sweep” on Facebook and ask to join. Or, if you are not on Facebook or just have questions email me at jross@rumc.com


RUMC Weekly “To Go” Menu

We had a great first week back with our take home meals here at RUMC! This week we served about 315 Hot Meals and 215 Frozen Meals! We have a great menu lined up next week with a few church favorites. It was great to be back serving our community again.

Week of January 19th – January 21st

  • Tuesday: Cincinnati Beef Chili with Spaghetti, Cole Slaw, Mini Corn Dogs Fritters
  • Wednesday: Sweet and Sour Pork over Sesame Chive Rice, Fresh Fruit, Sesame Roll
  • Thursday: Southern Fried Chicken Thighs with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Succotash, Honey Buttered Biscuit.

  • Jim Adcock– at Northside Hospital very ill with Covid following surgery to remove blood clot on brain following recent fall.
  • Lynn Adcock – on isolation following testing positive for Covid
  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Sister Backus – with continuing back problems and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Jeannie Ehlers– as she recovers at home following successful surgery
  • Patsy Lanham recovering from a second knee replacement
  • Don Macleod – as he recovers from surgery
  • Betty Smith – following a stroke which caused loss of function of her right side. She will be going to a rehab facility near her daughter. She prefers communications by text at this time.
  • Vince Grosse’s sister Deidre Morrison as she is currently having chemo therapy following successful colon cancer surgery and the Grosse’s friend Susan Ouzts as she has finished chemo and is having radiation therapy at the Mayo Clinic for pancreatic cancer.

Continuing Prayers

  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Malone Dodson – as he continues his recovery from stroke
  • Betty and Don Gay– at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Shirley May still recovering with post-shingles neuropathy
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stan & Virginia Thomason – Virginia has palliative Hospice Care. Stan looks forward to calls from CUC members.

Thank You’s

  • From Nancy Spence: Dear CUC, Losing a loved only brother is always hard – but even harder during a pandemic. Your calls, e-mails, cards, prayers and concern mean so much to me. Thank You!
  • The Adcocks appreciate all your calls, cards, and emails during this difficult time.
  • From Gale and Roger Davis: Dear CUC friends, Thank you for your love and prayers for our daughter, Cynthia , and Grandson, Tyler. Cynthia was here this past week and brought us the huge stack of cards you had sent after Roxane died. We were all encouraged by your many expressions of thoughtfulness. Our CUC community is unique and we thank you for that!

Please pray for needs expressed and unexpressed for CUC members, and for friends and relatives of CUC class members who are facing illnesses, loss of loved ones, and important decisions to be made, especially at this difficult time with the Corona virus! Special prayers for CUC members who have had severely limited outside contacts for these past few months due to Covid 19 risk. Prayers also for our nation and its people.

Birthdays

  • Julian Belote – January 17
  • Janice Scalzo – January 21

Anniversaries

  • Sister and Gannett Backus – January 22, 1972- 49 years-Birmingham, AL

Support for Our Missions: Continue to save those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses! You can continue to contribute support to Murphy Harpst using Amazon Smile. Also register at Publix.com with M-H’s school as the one to receive a portion of your receipts at Publix.



CUC Newsletter – January 10, 2021


Sunday, January 10, 2021

This Sunday we will be looking forward to Bill Floyd’s second Sunday of teaching about the parables of Jesus. We are very pleased that Bill and his wife Caren will be joining CUC as members.


CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 40nd Sunday we have met on Zoom. Attendance January 3 was 85.

If the meeting doesn’t start for you by 9:30 am on Sundays, PLEASE check your emails for a new (alternate) link to the Sunday School meeting.


Online Attendance Register for SS Classes

Be sure that you register your attendance – either Zooming or on-site participation online using your personal cell phone or tablet. Class members will initially go online to: www.rumc.com/connect-card to register within Ministry Platform. After that, each time you sign-on you will just need to select the event that you are attending to register. When you choose the time that your class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.


A Note from CUC President

God wants whatever You’ve Got
By Rick Warren:

In John 6:5-6 Jesus asks, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat? He asked this only to test them, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.”

You all know the story of Jesus feeding 5,000 people with only five loaves of bread and two fish. I think it is amazing that, out of 5,000 people only one person brought a lunch. I’m thinking a lot of people were hiding picnic baskets under their robes because they didn’t want to share with anybody else.

But one little boy offered the bread and fish he packed for his lunch. He gave Jesus what little he had and God used it to not just feed a lot of people but also show how much he cares and how powerful he is.

God always starts with what you have. You may not have much time. Your finances may not be much. You may not think you have much talent. But you can give God everything in your life. Give him your heart, Give him your reputation. Give your past, present, and future. It may not be much, but you can give him your five loaves and two fish.

Jesus wasn’t worried about how to feed 5,000 people. He already had in mind what he was going to do. He saw the need long before the disciples did. And he had a plan.

You need to understand this truth today: God always has the answer before you even know the problem. God is not worried, he saw your problem long before you did. He knew it was coming, and he already had a plan for it. God knows the solution to your problem before you even recognize it’s a problem.

So why are you worrying? Just admit you have an unsolvable problem, and then give God everything you have. Watch him take your loaves and fish and turn them into a feast.

God bless you all and thank you for your prayers,

Fred Brown


New Bible Study

Jeff Ross is starting a bible study the end of January called the Grand Sweep. It is study based on reading the whole bible in a year. He will have a weekly “Facebook Live” meeting instead of an in-person meeting. There will be a discussion board for people to talk with other people and with him.

From Jeff Ross:

Read through the Bible with me starting the 3rd week of January 2021. We will be using J. Ellsworth Kalas’s “The Grand Sweep”. I will host a weekly Facebook live group that will look at what we have read that week and consider the threads tying it to the weeks before and the weeks to come. To join go to “Jeff’s Grand Sweep” on Facebook and ask to join. Or, if you are not on Facebook or just have questions email me at jross@rumc.com


RUMC Weekly “To Go” Menu

Jacob is all set to resume our take home meal program next Tuesday, January 12th. We have the freezer fully stocked up and some great menu items lined up to start off the New Year! Looking forward to seeing many of you to kick the New Year off ! Thanks in advance to all of you that help to Serve our community and help communicate to others in the community about the Service that we are providing

Week of January 12th – January 14th

  • Tuesday: Beef Fried Rice, Egg Roll, Fresh Fruit
  • Wednesday: Ham Pasta Cordon Blue, Roasted Broccoli and Carrots, Buttered Yeast Roll
  • Thursday: Cheesy Beef Enchilada Casserole, Mexican Rice, Charro Beans

  • Jim Adcock – recovering in ICU at Northside Hospital following surgery to remove blood clot on brain following recent fall
  • Fred Brown – for good results from new cardiac medication
  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Sister Backus – as she deals with continuing back problems and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Jeannie Ehlers – as she recovers at home from successful surgery on Thursday
  • Beth Hamililton following loss of her sister Kathie
  • Patsy Lanham will be having a knee replacement (her other knee) Thursday, Jan 14, at Emory – St. Joseph Hospital. Coming home the same day
  • Don Macleod – as he recovers from surgery
  • Bob Morisey for a quick recovery from Covid
  • Nancy Spence – on the loss of her brother Frank
  • Vince’Grosse’s sister Deidre Morrison as she is currently undergoing chemo therapy following successful colon cancer surgery and the Grosse’s friend Susan Ouzts as she has finished chemo and is undergoing radiation therapy at the Mayo Clinic for pancreatic cancer.

Continuing Prayers

  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Malone Dodson – as he continues his recovery from stroke
  • Betty and Don Gay – at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Shirley May still recovering with post-shingles neuropathy
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stan & Virginia Thomason – Virginia has palliative Hospice Care. Stan looks forward to calls from CUC members.

Please pray for needs expressed and unexpressed for CUC members, and for friends and relatives of CUC class members who are facing illnesses, loss of loved ones, and important decisions to be made, especially at this difficult time with the Corona virus! Special prayers for CUC members who have had severely limited outside contacts for these past few months due to Covid 19 risk. Prayers also for our nation and its people and for the reopening of churches.


Birthdays

  • Katherine Simons – January 10
  • Roger Davis – January 11
  • Don McNew – January 14
  • Mike Story – January 14

Anniversaries

  • –=None=–

Support for Our Missions: Continue to save those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses! You can continue to contribute support to Murphy Harpst using Amazon Smile. Also register at Publix.com with M-H’s school as the one to receive a portion of your receipts at Publix.



Mr. Rogers – Forgiveness

CUC Newsletter – January 3, 2021

Happy New Year!

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.” 1 Corinthians 16: 13-14


Sunday, January 3, 2021

We are excited to have Bill Floyd, RUMC’s Associate Pastor of Congregational Care, as our speaker for the next two Sundays. His subject will be the Parables of Jesus.


CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 39nd Sunday we have met on Zoom.

Attendance Dec. 27 was 82.

We will also be meeting in our CUC classroom for those who want to attend in person.

If the meeting doesn’t start for you by 9:30 am on Sundays, PLEASE check your emails for a new (alternate) link to the Sunday School meeting.


Online Attendance Register for SS Classes

Be sure that you register your attendance – either Zooming or on-site participation online using your personal cell phone or tablet. Class members will initially go online to: www.rumc.com/connect-card to register within Ministry Platform. After that, each time you sign-on you will just need to select the event that you are attending to register. When you choose the time that your class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.


Is Christmas over? When do you take down the Christmas tree?”

While New Year’s Day may mark the end of the Christmas period, remnants of the holiday festivities still remain. For those who thought that Christmas was over, Epiphany, which is celebrated on January 6, marks the final celebratory day of the Christian holiday season! So, there is still a full week before many practicing Christians complete their celebrations of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is commonly associated with the day the Three Wise Men arrived at the manger and has several different names throughout history and cultures.

Well then, when do you take down your decorations and the Christmas tree? The answer continues to be an ongoing debate. Is Tuesday 5 January or Wednesday 6 January the best day to tackle the task? And what happens if you leave them up longer? Will you have bad luck for the rest of the year as the superstition goes? One thing’s for sure, there are definitely different traditions.

In Britain, tradition has it that Christmas decorations stay up until the Twelfth Night. Twelfth Night is a festival in some branches of Christianity which marks the beginning of Epiphany.

What is Epiphany?

Epiphany is a Christian feast day celebrating the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ. In Western Christianity, the feast commemorates the visit of the Three Wise Men who followed an angel to Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The day has also referred to as Three Kings Day and Little Christmas by both Irish and Amish Christians. The feast of the Epiphany concludes the twelve days of Christmastide and is the traditional end of the Christmas season.

If you count 12 days from 25 December you arrive at 5 January. According to the Church of England, this is Twelfth Day. Not everyone agrees however. Many other

Christian groups count 12 days of Christmas as starting the day after Christmas Day-making 6 January Twelfths Night.

So, which date is correct? Both. And if you forget? Most people think that it’s bad luck to leave your decorations up after the 5th. According to one superstition, Christmas decorations not taken down by Twelfth Night should be left up until Candlemas Day – 2 February.

As we enter 2021, I share these Bible verses with you, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.” 1 Corinthians 16: 13-14

God Bless,

Fred Brown


  • Jim Adcock – Returning home from the hospital today as he recovers from a fall
  • Dick Anthony – continuing to deal with health problems.
  • Sister Backus – as she deals with continuing back problems and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Jeannie Ehlers – as she anticipates surgery scheduled for January 7
  • Don Macleod – having surgery for bladder cancer on January 4th
  • Nancy Spence – her brother Frank in hospice care

Continuing Prayers

  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Malone Dodson – as he continues his recovery from stroke
  • Betty and Don Gay – at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Shirley May still recovering with post-shingles neuropathy
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stan & Virginia Thomason – Virginia has palliative Hospice Care. Stan looks forward to calls from CUC members.

Please pray for needs expressed and unexpressed for CUC members, and for friends and relatives of CUC class members who are facing illnesses, loss of loved ones, and important decisions to be made, especially at this difficult time with the Corona virus! Special prayers for CUC members who have had severely limited outside contacts for these past few months due to Covid 19 risk. Prayers also for our nation and its people.


Birthdays

  • Susan Emmons – January 3
  • Gloria Stadler – January 3
  • Sandy Martin – January 3
  • Norma Hills – January 5
  • Sue Waite – January 5
  • Jill Head – January 6
  • Sara Beecham – January 6

Anniversaries

  • Lynne and Dave Roberts – Jan 3, 1961 –West Palm Beach, FL, 60 years!!

Missions

Support for Our Missions: Continue to save those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses! You can continue to contribute support to Murphy Harpst using Amazon Smile. Also register at Publix.com with M-H’s school as the one to receive a portion of your receipts at Publix.



CUC Newsletter – December 27, 2020

“Now have come the salvation, and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah…” Revelation 12:10


Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 27, 2020

The Other Christmas Story

One of our favorite CUC teachers, Bob Fletcher, will teach our class this coming Sunday. The title is “The Other Christmas Story!” Scripture: Revelation 12:10. We will be 100% zoom starting at 10.


CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 38nd Sunday we have met on Zoom.

Attendance Dec. 20:

11 in the Classroom, including Bill and Caren Floyd. On Zoom there were 72, Total: 83

This Sunday we will have our class entirely on Zoom. We will not be in the classroom at all. The RUMC service is at the same time but can be watched at your leisure at RUMC.com. If the meeting doesn’t start for you by 9:30 am on Sundays, PLEASE check your emails for a new (alternate) link to the Sunday School meeting.


Online Attendance Register for SS Classes

Be sure that you register your attendance – either Zooming or on-site participation online using your personal cell phone or tablet. Class members will initially go online to: www.rumc.com/connect-card to register within Ministry Platform. After that, each time you sign-on you will just need to select the event that you are attending to register. When you choose the time that your class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.


A Note from CUC President

First Sunday after Christmas

by Christopher Bate

“Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven.” Psalm 148:13

When I use to row, I loved the last 500 meters of the race. This was when you started to hear the crowd shout praises, egging you on after the first 1500 meters. Your body was stuffed, but you knew you had to push through to the end. The praises of the crowd ignited an energy that you didn’t know you had, spurring you on to finish the race.

In Psalm 148, we read about how all creation sings praises to the Lord, seeking to express admiration, appreciation and thanks to God. We are also reminded how this praise from creation is independent, but also part of the whole. This is how we as Christians should praise God-individually, but also as part of the great cloud of witnesses, and with the whole of creation.

However, this praise is not meant to be kept to yourself, as it’s designed to be shared. Just like the crowd shouted praise to themselves, but openly for their teammates, friends, and family to finish the rowing race. We ,too, are to share our praises for God and everything he has done with others and encourage them to praise God.

As we embark on this last week of the year and look to a new year, let’s take a moment to pause and reflect on the year. Let’s give praise to God for who he is and what he has done; looking to continue those praises with the whole creation into the New Year, encouraging others along the way.

I hope everyone was able to have a Merry Christmas and I wish all of you a Happy New Year!

God Bless,

Fred Brown


  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to have health problems.
  • Sister Backus – as she deals with continuing back problems and dealing with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Jeannie Ehlers – as she anticipates surgery scheduled for January 7
  • Don Macleod – having surgery for bladder cancer on January 4th
  • Craig Simons – For good recovery following gallbladder surgery on lastWednesday
  • Pat Stamps’ son John and daughter-in-law, Carol Ann. They both have had COVID-19 and Carol Ann is hospitalized
  • Susan Emmons asks for prayers for her brother-in-law Gordon in serious condition following open heart surgery with triple by-pass and aortic valve replacement this past week. Also please pray for peace for all of us.

Continuing Prayers

  • Jim Adcock – as he continues to deal with health problems
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Malone Dodson – as he continues his recovery from stroke
  • Betty and Don Gay – at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Shirley May still recovering with post-shingles neuropathy
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stan & Virginia Thomason – Virginia has palliative Hospice Care. Stan looks forward to calls from CUC members.
  • Vince and Donna Grosse appreciate all your prayers for his sister, Deidra Morrison, and for their friend Susan Ouzts, both undergoing therapy for cancer

In last Sunday’s AJC there was a nice obituary for Warren Allen. He died Saturday, December 12th. Warren and Barbara were very active in the CUC Class quite a number of years ago.

Please pray for needs expressed and unexpressed for CUC members, and for friends and relatives of CUC class members who are facing illnesses, loss of loved ones, and important decisions to be made, especially at this difficult time with the Corona virus! Special prayers for CUC members who have had severely limited outside contacts for these past few months due to Covid 19 risk. Prayers also for our nation and its people and for the reopening of churches.


Birthdays

  • Jim Boswell – December 27
  • Brenda Burrell – December 28
  • Patricia Deaton – December 28
  • Lynn Adcock – December 29
  • Claudia Phelps – December 30
  • Donna Grosse – December 31
  • Vince Grosse – December 31

Anniversaries

  • Bettie and John Goss – December 27, 1961, Louisville, KY, 59 years!
  • Pat and Grady Phillips – December 28, 1963, Washington DC, 57 years!

RUMC

Sunday, Dec. 27 will have one worship service, at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary led by Rev. Melissa Kime-Hall


Year End Giving to RUMC

As we contemplate our year end giving, please remember the RUMC Foundation and the CUC Endowment. Your gift to the CUC endowment is a “gift that keeps on giving”. Each year the endowment allows CUC to direct the earnings to charities as directed by CUC. And if you want to provide a memorial donation for any dear departed persons, just make your check out to RUMC Foundation with CUC Endowment on the memo line along with the person’s name you want to memorize.


Missions

Support for Our Missions: Continue to save those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses! You can continue to contribute support to Murphy Harpst using Amazon Smile. Also register at Publix.com with M-H’s school as the one to receive a portion of your receipts at Publix.



CUC Newsletter – December 20, 2020

And the Angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” – Luke 2:10-11


Sunday, December 20, 2020

Making Room

Linda Boswell will be leading the CUC Class study this week with the conclusion of the Advent study book “Making Room”.


CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom and in Our Classroom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 37nd Sunday we have met on Zoom.

Attendance: Dec. 13, 13 in Class, 78 on Zoom, Total: 91

Sunday we will again have the Zoom meeting in the CUC classroom (capacity 47). It will be displayed on the TV screens in class so it is a hybrid production.

If the meeting doesn’t start for you by 9:30 am on Sundays, PLEASE check your emails for a new (alternate) link to the Sunday School meeting.


Online Attendance Register for SS Classes

Be sure that you register your attendance – either Zooming or on-site participation online using your personal cell phone or tablet. Class members will initially go online to: www.rumc.com/connect-card to register within Ministry Platform. After that, each time you sign-on you will just need to select the event that you are attending to register. When you choose the time that your class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.


A Note from CUC President

Has Grinch Stolen Your Christmas?

By Dr. Jeff Schreve

Without a doubt, Christmas is to be a time of GREAT JOY. On that first Christmas night , the angel announced to the shepherds “good news of a great joy. “The savior has come! WOW! Those shepherds were so excited. That announcement changed their lives forever. They were filled with joy and wonder and praise.

At Christmas time, are you filled with joy and wonder and praise? Or has the devil, the original Grinch, the thief who comes only to steal and kill and destroy, stolen those things from you? If so, there is still time to get it back!

  1. The Savior has come to save you from a dark past. So many people are suffering with intense guilt over bad things they have done in the past. All the terrible, horrible things you have done are no match for the Savior’s blood that He shed for you on the cross. The moment you confess those sins to God and repent of them, you are forgiven!
  2. The Savior has come to save you from an empty present. Many people are surviving and not really living. Jesus came at Christmas not to fill your empty stocking, but to fill your empty life! He has a purpose and a plan for you. He wants to use your life to make a difference in others, a difference that will last for all eternity.
  3. The Savior has come to save you from a hopeless future. Everyone without God is without hope. No one comes to the Father without the Savior, Jesus Christ. But now He has come, and we can really know Him personally, and we can be assured of His presence and provision while we live…and His heaven when we die.

My friend, do not let the devil steal from you and your Christmas time any longer! The Savior has come, and He has come for you! Receive the good news and rejoice in the truth!

It was good to see everyone at the “Merriest Little Christmas Party Ever” on Tuesday night. A great time of fellowship! Thanks to Patsy and Bill, Garlinn and Mike, and Dee and Bill.

Look forward to seeing everyone Sunday,

Fred Brown


CUC Christmas Party

Our Merriest Little Christmas Party Ever! The Christmas party committee Garlinn and Mike Story, Dee and Bill Scott, and Patsy and Bill Lanham planned a fun evening of visiting with one another in small groups, some music, and dancing, and then playing Santa Bingo. A good time was had by all!

Thank you! It was a great party!


  • Jim Adcock – Ongoing recovery at home following partial hip replacement and also on the loss of his sister Jo Adcock
  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Sister Backus – as she deals with continuing back problems and dealing with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Jeannie Ehlers – as she recovers from chemo treatment
  • Sandy Griffin – on the loss of her mom, Lois Shepard, 97, who passed away on Wednesday. Her mother’s 101 year old sister passed away on Sunday.

Continuing Prayers

  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Malone Dodson – as he continues his recovery from stroke
  • Betty and Don Gay – at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Shirley May still recovering with post-shingles neuropathy
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stan & Virginia Thomason – Virginia has palliative Hospice Care. Stan looks forward to calls from CUC members.
  • Vince and Donna Grosse appreciate all your prayers for his sister, Deidra Morrison, and for their friend Susan Ouzts, both undergoing therapy for cancer

Please pray for needs expressed and unexpressed for CUC members, and for friends and relatives of CUC class members who are facing illnesses, loss of loved ones, and important decisions to be made, especially at this difficult time with the Corona virus! Special prayers for CUC members who have had severely limited outside contacts for these past few months due to Covid 19 risk. Prayers also for our nation and its people and for the reopening of churches.


RUMC Christmas Services

  • Christmas Eve services are both streaming and on demand services at 10 a.m, 4 p.m.and 6 p.m., 11 p.m.
  • Outdoor candlelight services will be held in the Sanctuary parking lot at 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.Services will last approx. 30 min. If standing for this length of time is challenging, please bring your own chair. Masks are required.

Virtual RUMC Christmas Festival Concert

This year’s concert includes select footage from last year’s concert and many new offerings as well. Some of these new elements include a virtual choir, new recordings of the Sanctuary Choir and Celebration Ringers, a special piece by members of our children’s choirs, selections by players from the Georgia Philharmonic, an organ solo by Tom Alderman, and a special presentation from our drama ministry, Acting UP.

It is an exciting and joyous experience!

The concert will be available on demand through Christmas Day. The link to watch the concert is www.rumc.com/christmasconcert.


Year End Giving to RUMC

As we contemplate our year end giving, please remember the RUMC Foundation and the CUC Endowment. Your gift to the CUC endowment is a “gift that keeps on giving”. Each year the endowment allows CUC to direct the earnings to charities as directed by CUC.

And if you want to provide a memorial donation for Keith Stump or other dear departed persons, just make your check out to RUMC Foundation with CUC Endowment on the memo line along with the person’s name you want to memorize.


RUMC Christmas Dinner Take Home Meals

The RUMC Kitchen Crew has put together an amazing menu for Christmas Take Home Meals. There are menu options for both family sized and individual portions of each item being offered. Each individual meal will contain 2 portions, and each family sized item will contain 6-10 servings of each dish. Orders will be accepted through Sunday, December 20th, and pick up will be on Wednesday, December 23 by 4:00 PM.

Pre-Order Online or E-mail Order to jcrane@rumc.com by Sunday, December 20th,

Pick up on Wednesday, December 23rd by 4:00 PM

  • Pineapple Glazed Sliced Ham w/ Grilled Pineapple, Family Size (Feeds 6+) $25.00,Individual Portions (Feeds 2) $5.00
  • Smoked Gouda and White Truffle Mac and Cheese, Family Size (Feeds 6+) $20.00,Individual Portions (Feeds 2) $5.00
  • Bacon and Green Bean Casserole, Family Size (Feeds 6+) $15.00,Individual Portions (Feeds 2) $5.00
  • Sweet Potato Casserole with Candied Pecan Topping, Family Size (Feeds 6+) $15.00,Individual Portions (Feeds 2) $5.00
  • Sausage Egg and Cheese Casserole, Family Size (Feeds 6+) $20.00 ,Individual Portions (Feeds 2) $5.00
  • Roasted Mushroom, White Truffle and Swiss Cheese Frittata, Family Size (Feeds 6+) $20.00,,Individual Portions (Feeds 2) $5.00

Family Meal Deal #1 $75.00,Includes Family Sized Portions of: Pineapple Glazed Ham, Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese, Green Bean Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole and a Sausage Egg and Cheese Casserole. ,

Family Meal Deal #2 $75.00


Birthdays

  • Lynda Leckie – Dec 26

Anniversaries

  • none

Missions

Support for Our Missions: Continue to save those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses! You can continue to contribute support to Murphy Harpst using Amazon Smile. Also register at Publix.com with M-H’s school as the one to receive a portion of your receipts at Publix.


  • RUMC Virtual Christmas Concert – Monday, December 14 – Friday, December 25, On-Demand
  • Evening in Bethlehem – Journey to the Manger: A Drive-Thru Experience- Saturday, December 19th from 2:30-4:30

Have a safe and healthy Merry Christmas!



CUC Newsletter – December 13, 2020

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2


Sunday, December 13, 2020

Leave the Light On

Bill Griffin will lead the CUC class lesson this Sunday, presenting chapter 3 of the book, “Making Room” by Ed Robb. The scripture for Sunday is Isaiah 9:2 and the lesson title is “Leave the Light On”.


CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom and in Our Classroom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 36nd Sunday we have met on Zoom.

Attendance Dec. 6, In Class: 10, Zoom: 75, Total: 85
Sunday we will again have the Zoom meeting in the CUC classroom. It will be displayed on the TV screens in class so it’s really a hybrid meeting. There is a capacity for 47 in the classroom.

If the meeting doesn’t start for you by 9:30 am on Sundays, PLEASE check your emails for a new (alternate) link to the Sunday School meeting.


Online Attendance Register for SS Classes

Be sure that you register your attendance – either Zooming or on-site participation online using your personal cell phone or tablet. Class members will initially go online to: www.rumc.com/connect-card to register within Ministry Platform. After that, each time you sign-on you will just need to select the event that you are attending to register. When you choose the time that your class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.


A Note from CUC President

Show Your Joy To The World

by Karen Ehman
“ But I trust in your unfailing love, my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.” Psalm 13: 5-6
When you think of the phrase, “Christmas is coming!”… What sort of emotion does it evoke?

  • Panic: I only have two more Saturdays of shopping before Christmas.
  • Frustration: There are so many activities this month.
  • Regret: Why did I say we’d host the family get-together.
  • Envy: I noticed on facebook the gorgeous holiday decorations my friend has in her home.

Are these the attitudes we want on display during the month of December? Or should we choose the attitude reflected in the old familiar hymn, Joy to the World?

The verse above declares that our reaction to the salvation God freely offers—which began when Jesus came into the world as a baby that very first Christmas—should be rejoicing. In the old testament verse, the word translated for rejoice actually means “to exult, to go about or to be excited to levity.”

The word exult means to “leap for joy,” and it’s usually connected with a triumph of some kind. Through Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection, He triumphed over death.

We need not fear the future because of the miracle of Christmas. If we have responded to the gospel—the good news about Jesus offering us salvation—we too can

experience a victory over the grave and dwell with God forever in heaven someday. What a reason to rejoice!

Today, let’s chase down some Christmas cheer. But not just keep it to ourselves. Parking our minds on the truth of salvation through Jesus helps us show joy to the world during the Christmas season.

I look forward to seeing you Sunday.

God Bless, Fred Brown


CUC Plans Christmas Party!

Our Merriest Little Christmas Party Ever! is fast approaching on Tuesday night, December 15th from 5:50 – 7 PM. Everyone should have received their invitation by email . The Christmas party committee is Garlinn and Mike Story, Dee and Bill Scott,and Patsy and Bill Lanham and they have planned a fun evening of visiting with one another in small groups and then playing Santa Bingo. Last week, you should have been emailed a bingo card for you to print on your printer along with instructions for putting your own numbers on your cards. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO PRINT ONE, please contact Patsy so she can mail you one. We want everyone to be able to play bingo at our party, so if you have any problem being able to print OR if you are having trouble getting Zoom or understanding HOW you do it, please contact one of us to help you.

Time: Dec 15, 2020 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Murphy Harpst Christmas Update

According to CUC treasurer, Charlie Mason, the total amount of money contributed by CUC members to the Murphy-Harpst Christmas collection is now $4855.


  • Jim Adcock – Ongoing recovery at home following partial hip replacement
  • Brenda Burrell – prayers for Bob that he would return to church & to join us in CUC
  • Sister Backus – as she deals with continuing back problems and dealing with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Jeannie Ehlers – as she has another chemo treatment next week
  • Vince and Donna Grosse appreciate all your prayers for his sister, Deidra Morrison, and for their friend Susan Ouzts, both undergoing therapy for cancer
  • Keith Stump passed away last Sunday morning. Please keep Wilma in your thoughts and prayers. The family has asked that contributions be made to the RUMC Foundation in his memory.

Thanksgiving

  • Pat Phillips – thanks to the class for all of the prayers, loving thoughts and cards. Post surgery, she is feeling fine, and awaiting pathology report and follow up with the surgeon next week.

Continuing Prayers

  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Malone Dodson – as he continues his recovery from stroke
  • Betty and Don Gay– at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Shirley May still recovering with post-shingles neuropathy
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stan & Virginia Thomason – Virginia has palliative Hospice Care. Stan looks forward to calls from CUC members.

Please pray for needs expressed and unexpressed for CUC members, and for friends and relatives of CUC class members who are facing illnesses, loss of loved ones, and important decisions to be made, especially at this difficult time with the Corona virus! Special prayers for CUC members who have had severely limited outside contacts for these past few months due to Covid 19 risk. Prayers also for our nation and its people and for the reopening of churches.


Virtual RUMC Christmas Festival Concert

This year’s concert will include select footage from last year’s concert and many new offerings as well. Some of these new elements include a virtual choir, new recordings of the Sanctuary Choir and Celebration Ringers, a special piece by members of our children’s choirs, selections by players from the Georgia Philharmonic, an organ solo by Tom Alderman, and a special presentation from our drama ministry, Acting UP. It is sure to be an exciting and joyous experience!

The concert will be streamed this Friday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 13 at 3:00 p.m. and will be available on demand beginning Monday, December 14 through Christmas Day. The link to watch the concert is http://www.rumc.com/christmasconcert.


Year End Giving to RUMC

As we contemplate our year end giving, please remember the RUMC Foundation and the CUC Endowment. Your gift to the CUC endowment is a “gift that keeps on giving”. Each year the endowment allows CUC to direct the earnings to charities as directed by CUC. And if you want to provide a memorial donation for Keith Stump or other dear departed persons, just make your check out to RUMC Foundation with CUC Endowment on the memo line along with the person’s name you want to memorize.


Meals To Go

The RUMC Hospitality team is still preparing convenient, delicious, affordable meals every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM. Pick up meals at our drive-through outside of Fellowship Hall. All meals are just $5.00. No need to pre-order unless you plan to pay by credit card.

Last Take-Out Lunches of 2020: Week of December 15th– December 17th

  • Tuesday: Turkey Pot Pie, Garden Salad with Pickled Veggies, Fresh Fruit,
  • Wednesday: Chicken and Dumplings over Rice, Corn Souffle, Fresh Fruit
  • Thursday: Southern Shrimp, Chicken and Smoked Sausage Stew, Cheese Grits, HerbedButtered Biscuit, Fresh Fruit.

RUMC Christmas Dinner Take Home Meals

The RUMC Kitchen Crew has put together an amazing menu for Christmas Take Home Meals. We have menu options for both family sized and individual portions of each item being offered. Each individual meal will contain 2 portions, and each family sized item will contain 6-10 servings of each dish. Orders will be accepted through Sunday, December 20th, and pick up will be on Wednesday, December 23 by 4:00 Pm.

Pre-Order Online or E-mail Order to jcrane@rumc.com by Sunday, December 20th,

Pick up on Wednesday, December 23rd by 4:00 PM

  • Pineapple Glazed Sliced Ham w/ Grilled Pineapple, Family Size (Feeds 6+) $25.00,Individual Portions (Feeds 2) $5.00
  • Smoked Gouda and White Truffle Mac and Cheese ,Family Size (Feeds 6+) $20.00,Individual Portions (Feeds 2) $5.00
  • Bacon and Green Bean Casserole,Family Size (Feeds 6+) $15.00,Individual Portions (Feeds 2) $5.00
  • Sweet Potato Casserole with Candied Pecan Topping,Family Size (Feeds 6+) $15.00,Individual Portions (Feeds 2) $5.00
  • Sausage Egg and Cheese Casserole ,Family Size (Feeds 6+) $20.00 ,Individual Portions (Feeds 2) $5.00
  • Roasted Mushroom, White Truffle and Swiss Cheese Frittata,Family Size (Feeds 6+) $20.00,,Individual Portions (Feeds 2) $5.00
  • Family Meal Deal #1 $75.00,Includes Family Sized Portions of: Pineapple Glazed Ham, Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese, Green Bean Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole and a Sausage Egg and Cheese Casserole. ,
  • Family Meal Deal #2 $75.00 – ???? suprise??

Birthdays

  • none

Anniversaries

  • Sharon & Tom Erdman – December 13, 1959 – Beaufort, SC – 61 years !
  • Marianna and Fred Brown – December 18, 1966 -Flora, MS – 54 years !

Support for Our Missions:Continue to save those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses!You can continue to contribute support to Murphy Harpst using Amazon Smile. Also register at Publix.com with M-H’s school as the one to receive a portion of your receipts at Publix.


Save the Date

  • CUC Virtual Christmas Party – December 15
  • RUMC Virtual Christmas Concert – Friday, December 11 – 7:30 p.m.
    Sunday, December 13 – 3 p.m,Monday, December 14 – Friday, December 25, On-Demand


Bingo Card for Virtual Christmas party – 2020

Print this page on your printer. Print one card for each person.

Notice that the free space is occupied by Santa so you can use this square as a free space.

Our game is open to CUC members only and one card per person.

You are going to put in your very own numbers. Notice on the bottom of each column that it tells you what numbers belong in each column. So, in the B column you choose 5 numbers from 1 – 15 and place one number in each square in any order. Continue for the remaining columns.

Get something to use to cover your numbers like Hershey’s kisses, gumdrops, M &M’s, or if all else fails – dried beans. Your choice.

Remember that you bingo when you fill in all the squares in a straight line going across, up and down or diagonally unless our caller, Mike, tells us something else.

Mike will have everyone muted and when you bingo, unmute yourself and yell “ BINGO” or “SANTA”. Figure out how to unmute.

Prizes will be mailed to each bingo winner.

Check Sue’s Friday email for the zoom log in for our Merriest Little Christmas Party Ever. Party starts at 5:30 and feel free to join the group 5 – 10 minutes early so we all are on zoom and ready for fun and laughter at 5:30.

CUC Newsletter – December 6, 2020

“May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13



Sunday, December 6, 2020

Welcome Strangers

Garlinn Story will lead the CUC lesson this Sunday. She will be sharing from chapter two of “Making Room”, titled Welcome Strangers. The bible verse is

He defends the cause of the featherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. Deuteronomy 10:18-19:


CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom and in Our Classroom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 36nd Sunday we have met on Zoom.

Last Sunday, Nov. 25, there were 12 CUC members in the classroom and approximately 75 were able to join us on Zoom for a total socially-distanced attendance of about 87.

Sunday we will again have the Zoom meeting in the CUC classroom. It will be displayed on the TV screens in class so it’s really a hybrid meeting. There is a capacity for 47 in the classroom.

If the meeting doesn’t start for you by 9:30 am on Sundays, PLEASE check your emails for a new (alternate) link to the Sunday School meeting.


Online Attendance Register for SS Classes

Be sure that you register your attendance – either Zooming or on-site participation online using your personal cell phone or tablet. Class members will initially go online to: www.rumc.com/connect-card to register within Ministry Platform. After that, each time you sign-on you will just need to select the event that you are attending to register. When you choose the time that your class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.


A Note from CUC President

The Thrill of Hope

by Shawn McEvoy
“A thrill of hope; the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaker a new and glorious morn.” —O Holy Night
Does Christmas thrill you?…So if Christ’s coming into this world offers hope, and hope, as the song says, provides a thrill, how do we locate that experience amid the distraction and disillusionment of December? Well that is the cool thing about Hope. Just as total darkness can’t hold back the light of a tiny flame, so does the smallest increment of Hope provide joy and purpose.

Ever wonder why faith, hope, and love are the greatest virtues, and apparently in that order? Maybe hope isn’t actually something we do, but we receive, like grace. If it’s true that “without faith it is impossible for us to please Him” (Hebrews 11:6), perhaps it’s conversely true that without Hope it would be impossible for Him to please us. The same verse says that God is a rewarder of those who seek Him. Is hope that reward?
I mean, if faith is what we give to God, and hope is what He gives to us, then we have the dynamic of a relationship. With that in place, we can love. So love is built on hope, which is built on faith.

I look forward to seeing you as we enter the second week of Advent,
Fred Brown


CUC Plans Christmas Party!

Our Merriest Little Christmas Party Ever! is fast approaching on Tuesday night, December 15th from 5:50 – 7 PM. Everyone should have received their invitation by email this week.

The Christmas party committee is Garlinn and Mike Story, Dee and Bill Scott and Patsy and Bill Lanham and they have planned a fun evening of visiting with one another in small groups and then playing Santa Bingo.

Next week, you will be emailed a bingo card for you to print on your printer along with instructions for putting your own numbers on your cards. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO PRINT ONE, please email Patsy Lanham or call her, so she can mail you one. We want everyone to be able to play bingo at our party, so if you have any problem being able to print OR if you are having trouble getting Zoom or understanding HOW you do it, please contact one of us to help you.


Christmas Gifts for Murphy Harpst Children

The total amount contributed by CUC members for Murphy-Harpst Children’s Home Christmas is now $3,915. Charlie Mason has written a check from CUC to Murphy-Harpst in the amount of $4,000 and Betty Hunt is sending it off this weekend to the Murphy-Harpst Children’s Home.


Christmas Gift & Craft Show
Saturday, Dec. 5, 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
– change of hours due to weather.

Festive gifts. Artisan crafts. Delicious goodies. Gorgeous lights and decorations. You’ll find all that and more at RUMC’s annual Christmas Gift and Craft Show. Find the perfect gift for anyone and everyone in your life; from kids to in-laws to teachers and anyone in between.100% of the proceeds from vendor booth fees go to support our student mission efforts both domestically and internationally.

This year’s Christmas Gift & Craft Show is moving outdoors! Vendor booths will be set up in Sanctuary Parking Lot according to recommended distancing guidelines and a one-way traffic flow. Please come wearing a mask and be prepared to have your temperature taken. Come safely shop and support local businesses this holiday season!



RUMC Weekly “To Go” Menu

From Jacob Crane: I hope everyone had a great week back from Thanksgiving. The kitchen was right back into the swing of things this week, Serving up 375 Hot Meals and another 215 Frozen Meals! Thanks again to all of you for your help in making this a successful outreach ministry to the community! We have a really great menu planned for next week. Should be a busy week, and we plan on serving some really great meals!

The RUMC Hospitality team is still preparing convenient, delicious, affordable meals every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM. Pick up meals at our drive-through outside of Fellowship Hall. All meals are just $5.00. No need to pre-order unless you plan to pay by credit card.

Week of December 8th – December 10th

  • Tuesday – Beef Chili over Steamed White Rice, Cole Slaw, Corn Bread,
  • Wednesday – Honey Pecan Crusted Chicken Tenders, Mac and Cheese, Peas and Carrots, Buttered Biscuit
  • Thursday – Pork Schnitzel with Mustard Cream Sauce over Roasted Potatoes, Braised Red Cabbage, Bavarian Soft Pretzel

  • Jim Adcock – Ongoing recovery at home following partial hip replacement
  • Sister Backus – as she deals with continuing back problems and dealing with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Jeannie Ehlers – as she recovers from latest chemo treatment
  • Pat Phillips is scheduled for surgery on Monday, December 7, at Piedmont, for a lumpectomy, and would appreciate prayers.
  • Vince and Donna Grosse appreciate all your prayers for his sister, Deidra Morrison, and for their friend Susan Ouzts, both undergoing therapy for cancer
  • Nancy Spence: Thank you CUC friends for prayers and concerns for my son Tim. He came home Wednesday afternoon. Covid and Pneumonia under control, but still dealing with gallbladder issues.
  • Keith Stump has had multiple myeloma for many years. He is now on home hospice. Please keep Keith and Wilma in your thoughts and prayers in the coming days.

Thanksgiving

  • Beth and Bob Hamilton express their heartfelt appreciation for the unbelievable love and support that you all have given to us during their covid illness. “To all of those in our class,…..many thanks for the cards, prayers & individual deliveries of delicious dinners. Just great!!!! Beth and I are today free of the covid virus! “

Continuing Prayers

  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Pat Deaton and her daughter Lara who is caring for her
  • Malone Dodson – as he continues his recovery from stroke
  • Betty and Don Gay – at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Shirley May – still recovering with post-shingles neuropathy
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stan & Virginia Thomason – Virginia has palliative Hospice Care. Stan looks forward to calls from CUC members.

Please pray for needs expressed and unexpressed for CUC members, and for friends and relatives of CUC class members who are facing illnesses, loss of loved ones, and important decisions to be made, especially at this difficult time with the Corona virus! Special prayers for CUC members who have had severely limited outside contacts for these past few months due to Covid 19 risk. Prayers also for our nation and its people and for the reopening of churches.


Birthdays

  • Mary Serafina – December 7
  • Hugh Gardner – December 10
  • Bob Burrell – December 11

Anniversaries

  • none

Support for Our Missions:

Continue to save those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses!

You can continue to contribute support to Murphy Harpst using Amazon Smile. Also register at Publix.com with M-H’s school as the one to receive a portion of your receipts at Publix.


Save the Date

  • December 15 – CUC Virtual Christmas Party
  • Dec. 5 – 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. – Christmas Gift and Craft Show


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